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testify. and we know that. but it's -- h can beg for mercy or do whatever he thinks is appropriate. for that matter, he can say put me to death and save the jurors a decision. but the reality is that if you're representing mr. hayes, then you really have to think about if his testimony is wise at all. >> ricki kleeman, former defense attorney, former prosecutor. i have a feeling we'll have this conversation again as this continues. meantime, turning our attention to washington and my colleague, wolf blitzer. wolf? >> thanks very much. a new attempt to link the tea party movement to racists. it's a smear tactic two weeks before election day. also, the oiling danger that's been lurking underneath brooklyn. it's a breeding ground for cancer that should have been cleaneup decades ago, residents say. and a flash back to the clarence thomas confirmation hearing and anita hill's charge
of sexual harassment. why did thomas' wife demand an apology from hill 20 years later. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room. familiar but disturbing charge leveled against a movement that may define the midterm election. a new report accusing the tea party of embracing racist supporters. the naacp going public 13 days before america votes. is there a substance to the report, or is it a political stunt? kate baldwin has been looking in to this for us. what are you finding out?
should give every american pause. >> on one side, you have people represented by freedom works and dick armey who tend to talk mostly about small government, fiscal issues, so forth. on the other, you have people with violent roots in this country who are xenophobic and pushing against the trend in this country of greater and greater diversity. >> the report the authors say took a year to research looksat six of the most pular tea party groups. it profiles tea party leaders they cim has direct ties to white supremacist organizations like the kkk, anti-immigrant groups, and also independent militias.
the rert doesn't break new ground. it includes highly publiciz lli incidents like th one. emmanuel cleaner being spit on. some conservative activists say it never happened. and many tea party activists, the naacp connects to hate groups aren't among the tea party's current national leaders. bengelius himself confirmed the tea party as a whole cannot be condemned. >> we have never called the tea party racist. we're not attacking the tea party. we're calling on the tea party to repudiate the racists in the ranks. >> tea party leaders called the report a liberal smear tactic. amy cramer calls itry diblg lois. >> -- ridiculous. >> this is a tactic that the democratic party is using to stir up the base and get us off message. we're not going to fall for it. we are here to focus on the fiscal issues -- fiscal responsibility, limid government, free markets. that's what we're going to focus on. this is completely bogus.
the naacp and the court's authors are careful to note they're not trying to mark the whole movement as racist. but e tea party leaders need to distance themselves from the fringe but two weeks to election day, it leaves election watchers to wonder how much is political. >> 13 days to election day. to to white house right now where president obama is taking dramatic action that could outrage the gay community and many supporters. the justice department filed a request with the ninth circuit court of appeals to stop an order allowing gay troops to serve openly in the military. suzanne malveaux is monitoring all of this for us. people are understandably confus confused. the president wants to do away with the policy of "don't ask don't tell," but today, he's going to go through the justice department and saying keep it in place for now.
>> what the president believes is don't ask don't tell will die. and the only way it is truly going to die is if the law has changed. the only folks that can change the law is congress. that's why the president is saying he will work with members of congress. in this case, it's the senate because the house has agreed to repeal don't ask don't tell. but he'll work with the senate after the midterm elections to try to repeal this law. there are two tricky things about this, wolf, as you know, first of all, he has got to get him engaged in the midterm election before the lame duck session before january. january is when the new congress comes in, very likely to have more republicans and make it more difficult for him to repeal don't ask don't tell. the second thing he asked to do is he has to allow for the military to weigh in on this. they have a report due in january -- rather, december -- december 1. he said he's got to have this done in an orderly fashion. and, therefore, the military has got to issue this report explaining how they're going to
make this transition to allow gays to openly serve in the military, wolf? >> as you know, in the aftermath of the most recent decision, the military court said they would recruit openly gay men and women to serve in like dan choi, the vietnam, the iraq war veteran. what happens to people now being recruited to come into the military. >> it gets confusing right now. you have people like dan choi who's trying to reenlist. this is perfectly acceptable legally right now. this can happen through the courts. the only way you're going to have this law repealed and have it stick, to have it die completely is if you change the law. that's why they're focusing on this. because people like dan, his fate can change from day-to-day depending on how this plays out in the courts. that's why they're focusing now
on the law. wolf? >> a lot of gay activists, suzanne, sayhe president could sign as commander in chief an execute order to do away with the policy like what president truman did after world war ii in doing away with a segregated u.s. military integrating the military. a lot of gay activists want him to do that. why doesn't he? >> there are a couple of things here. first of all, the obama administration, the president himself said on bet and mtv that that's not true. he cnot issue an exec ty order because the law itself in don't ask don't tell specifically says that the president does not have that option. so it's not the same case as what truman is facing back when he was integrating the military. what the president can do is some changes along the fringes that the edges here, and limit the number of gays who are being prosecuted or kicked out of the military at this tim but the two things he can't can do is issue this exetive order to makit go way. and he cannot change the policy
without actually having congress change the law, wolf. >> you pointed out, the next congress will make that more difficult than this one given the number of conservatives and republicans who almost certainly will be elected. suzan suzanne, thanks very much. this coming in to cnn, brand new poll numbers from two crical races in the battleor control of u.s. senate. "time" magazine being our polling partner along with our senior political analyst gloria borger. go through some of these, michael. let me start with you. in alaska right now, look at this three-person race, lisa murkowski, the write-in candidate, 37%. joe miller, he's the republican candidate, 37%. scott mcadams, 33%. he's the democrat. it's been a long time since a write-in candidate won. >> since 1964, strom thurman in south carolina. it's a question of whether the writinin affects it. if we go to election day with a dead heat race, 1% to 2% get
confused going the polls. >> can you spell murkowski. >> yeah, where do you put it on the paper. they think it's easier to check the box when they get to the polls. that could swing this race. >> we asknother question. likely murkowski voters, are you confident that you know the correct procedure for write-in votes? 93% said yes. 6% said no. they have to write, basically, murkowski. they don't necessarily -- correct me if i'm wrong, have to spell it correctly. >> they don't have to spell it correctly. 2% or 3% could make a huge differen here in the turnout. and we were talking before about this race. you know, because murkowski has aligned herself withhe late ted stevens in an ad. she say i can bring home the money to the state of alaska. alaska, depends a lot on that money, right? >> it's the -- it's the state of bacon. for decades it's been that way.
>> we'll be up late on november 2 waitinfor the results. >> per capita, they get more in that state, $5,000 compared to arizona, you get $17 a person. >> thank you, ted stevens. >> that's what she said. >> go to florida right now. among likely voters, the new cnn-"time" magazine opinion research poll, marco rubio, 46%. charlie crist, former republican, now independent, 32%. kendrick meek, the democrat, 20%. this is consistent with all of the polls we see lately. he seems to be pulling ahead, marco rubio, pretty impressively. >> if anything he' pulling ahead. >> charlie rist is caught in an impossible position. he can't define himsel if he goes left, he loses the right. if he goes rht, he loses the left. he's stuck. he's like the middle child trying to please everybody.
he really can't do it. threading the needle is very difficult in this election. people are voting yes or no. they don't want to take sides. they want maybes. >> marco rubio was thought of as a tea par candidate. he's acquitted himself well. he comes across really well now. i don't think there's much question of whether he's going to be dash. >> former speaker ofhe state assembly. >> this is where his experience actually is a political candidate comes in handy. we've seen the problems that christine o'donnell has had and the sharon angel has had. he has had to run and get elected to office before. >> don't go too far away, guys. we'll continue to have more politics. the president and mrs. obama are trying to get you fired up. is it a dangerous time for democrats. 100 gays outed in print and essentially put on a public hit list. what's going on? we'll tell you. [ male announcer ] the financial headlines
president obama heads to washington state, california, and nevada. and wrap it up in minnesota on saturday. joe biden on a western swing including stops in nevada, california, and washington state. and michelle obama, the first lady, is following their footsteps, heading to washington state and california next week.
the democrats' biggest guns are pulling out all of the stops to help struggling incumbent senator, including patty murray, barbara boxer, and the majority leader, harry reid. the first couple teamed up on an brand new on-line video to try to rally democrats around the nation. hello. barack and michelle. >> election day is almost here. people are getting fired up. >> we need you to stay fired up all the way to november 2. >> we bring in gloria borger once again. the west potentially could be a danger zone for the democrats. they're not taking nip chances. >> no, they're not. it's interesting that the white house has decided they want to send the president to places that he can help and not do any harm. when you have to send your president to a state like california, always reliably democratic. washington state, always reliably democratic, it means you have problems there and as
you pointed out, barbara boxer has some close races there and they believe barack obama can help them in those races, not only raise money, but also get out the voters. there are a lot of states where privately members of congress and senators will tell you, you know, we're happy to have the president raise some money for us. but honestly, let's not have them appear in the state with us. because we don't want to make that decision of whether we appear on the podium. >> it was underscored in our brand new cnn-"time" magazine poll right now which has the disapproval among likely voters, for example, in ohio, 53% disapprove of the job he's doing. 63% in arkansas. disapprove of the job. >> that's not going to help. 63% is not going to help blanch lincoln. she's had who out there? bill clinton, not barack obama.
i spoke to a senior advisor. he said, look, there are a few things it president can do. he can raise money. he can raise enthusiasm. he can bring out the younger voters, bring out african-american voters. and they also believe he has a choice -- take the country forward, as he says he will do, and taking it backwards. the supervisor said to me, look, gloria, just remember, the president itself is still polling better than what republicans are voting. that's kind of damning. >> interesting stuff. president obama is in oregon today to campaign for the democratic gubernatorial candidate. the race is statistically up in the air, a position that republican chris dudley should be used to. dudley played, for example, in the nba -- played center in the
nba for 16 seasons. the latest former nba player to make the jump to politics. nick bill bradley ran for president of the united states back in 2000. he was a u.s. senator from new jersey as you remember before that. sacramento's current mayor is a former nba all-star, kevin johnson, hall of famer dave bing is now the mayor of detroit. and former maryland congress mapp tom mcmillan played for multiple teams before retiring to pursue a successful political career. by the way, the nba legend friend of our show, charles barkley, has long discussed running for governor of alabama but has never made a formal announcement. with sir charles, you never know. it's a sound that makes you cringe. that's whooping cough. the state of california is suffering the worst outbreak in decades. what officials are urging people to do right now. plus, check this out -- this
>> health care in california. kate bald wynn monitoring that story and other stories here in "the situation room." what's going on. >> we're talking about whooping cough. california is reporting the most cases in 16 years. the state's department of health says there have been almost 6,000 confirmed, probable, or suspect cases of the disease. officials are urging people to make sure their families
immunizations are up to date. you can start to lose immunity after five years. another health story to tell you about. get ready for your health insurance costs to rise. employee shares of premiums for a family plan is up on average to 14% to about $4,000. it's not just premiums going up in 2011, there will likely be higher deductibles, out of pocket maximums, and more expensive doctor visits and drugs. shocking revelations, in a new book by a retired secret service agent, darryl blane said he almost shot lyndon johnson accidentally after john f. kennedy was assassinated. he pulled his gun on lbj who he thought was an intruder approaching his home that night. he dismisses rumors that kennedy had an affair with marilyn monroe saying he saw monroe leave the president's infamous birthday party with other guests. check out this video -- a
chim pan ste chimpanzee on the loose in kansas city. he terrorized this neighborhood. jumping on cars, knocking on windows, and pushing trash cans through the streets. >> stayed out there for a little bit and then came back and looked -- i pulled my visor down. he was looking in the vehicle getting ready to hit it again. he punched the hood of the car. got down the passenger side, opened up my door. and that's when i opened my driver's side door and ran. >> not surprisingly. it turns out this isn't the first time the chimp, sue, has gotten loose in 2003. truckers called police after seeing sue in the cab. sue's owner has had her since she was a baby and that she's ridden shotgun cross-country. the owner has been in legal trouble before over sue's escapa escapades. >> i assume the owner will be in legal trouble right now. >> hope they don't sue sue. sue doesn't have to worry about that. >> thank you.
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a tsa official now under fire. digger deeper on allegationings he stole money from nonenglish-speaking passengers. a massive oil spill lurking under new york city for years. there are fears it's putting residents at risk. i'm wolf blitzer. you're "the situation room." gay people in uganda are fearing for their lives this hour after a newspaper splashed their names on the front page. the hit list calling for the group to be targeted and arrested in an international firestorm. dave mckenzie has more.
>> what grabs you is a bright yellow banner, hang them, it reads. a call to action. a hit list of what this tabloid calls 100 of uganda's top homosexuals. inside, portraits and addresses of prominent ugandanians. the rolling stone said the paper is doing a public good. >> the aim of the newspaper is to expose society. and like any other newspapers, we are writing about, and homosexuality is a big issue. >> already, gay rights groups say several people on the list have been attacked, some losing their jobs since being outed on the list. activist naomi lives in fear. >> every time i'm like any other citizen in counties, i'm implicated. and it's a negative impact on my
life. personally, a threat on my life. >> the government said activists are lying. homosexuality is illegal in uganda and frowned upon by many. a year ago the ugandangovernment went further making it punishable by death. after an outcry, that bill is shelved. >> doing it in the context that we know where homosexuality is illegal. you're patriating hate and violence and murder. >> the space for gays on the continent is shrinking. >> a feeling like somebody is cutting your throat. >> afghans feel more could be targeted because of the campaign. the media in uganda has suspended the paper because it wasn't registered. the editor said as soon as it's relaunched, it will continue the campaign against gays.
here in washington, president obama convened a national security team at the white house situation room for a monthly meeting to address efforts in afghanistan and pakistan. at the top of the agenda, working with the two-countries to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al qaeda and its affiliates. the president also emphasized the needs to increase pressure on extremisextremists, safe hai pakistan on the wake of heightened attacks on coalition forces. president obama met with high levels of a pakistani delegation visiting here in washington to further discuss stability and security cooperation in the region. deep inside afghanistan right now, civilians are struggling daily just to survive. but in many cases children are forced to bear the burden. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is there in afghanistan and she has that part of the story. >> wolf, in this kabul neighborhood, the war could not be further away. here, everyone is just trying to make a living. >> meet the boys of the
mechanics yard. young boys are sent here to work on cars and trucks by families desperate for income. the boys work ten hours a day, six days a week. 14-year-old nazr ahmed has worked here for the last year. he agrees to talk to us, the few words convey a young life of dreams and heart break. i never go out to play, he says, i just work here and don't have time for any fun. his boss pays him less than a dollar a day, the only income for a family of five, his father blinded years ago by a soviet rocket. nazr used to go to school, but he just works now. he dreams of going back to school and becoming a teacher. the boys here do have dreams of another life for themselves. i don't want to be a mechanic. tonight be a doctor, says
12-year-old moment azim. his father, nagibullah brings him here to cook lunch for the workers and then he can go to class. >> knowledge is good, education is good, he says, but most of these boys are poor and they just have to work. >> as nazr struggles here, he tells us why he wants to be a teacher. he says it's the best way he can serve afghanistan. but for now, he and his family often go hungry on his small wages. for these boys, life is very hard. they may never get the chance to go to school or play soccer with their friends. and for something as simple as being late for work or not working hard enough during the day, their boss may beat them. wolf? >> barbara starr on the scene there. what a story. thanks very much. barbara is reporting all week from afghanistan. 37 of the most important contests on election day may not
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"time" magazine research poll. it shows strickland and kasich neck and neck right now. leading one point of likely voters well within the margin of error. jessica yellen is here. she's been looking at the poll. the race is critical to democrats and president obama. tell us why? >> one after another describes ohio as president obama's fire wall. the key for him to win re-election in 2012. and they say in order to win ohio, what they need is ted strickland, the democratic incumbent governor to stay in the governor's mansion. the thinking goes this way. the president, they admit, is likely to move many of the swing states that turned blue in 2008, a tough environment for a democrat right now. but that's kay, the president can lose some of the swing states and still win the presidency if he holds on to ohio because ohio has so many
electoral votes. i caught with with both of the men running to be ohio's next governor, republican john kasich. he says he sees this election as a wave and it's a banner year for republicans. >> ohio is ground zero. barack obama has been here for sometime. it's somewhat a referendum on the residency. >> on the other hand, the democrat said, if he wins, he can deliver the state to the president again by 2012. but -- >> i think it will be very difficult. because my opponent will obviously use the powers of the governor's office and all that comes with that to promote his candidate. >> i should say i asked him if you don't win -- if the other guy wins, he says he thinks it will be difficult for president obama to win in inn this state. >> the president has a lot of clout in this election. it's not just the ohio's race that's so critical right now. >> depending on how you count, there are nine swing states with
governor's races this year, including pennsylvania, ohio, and michigan, where democratic governors are in danger of losing their seats. those are some of the swing states we were constantly visiting in 2008 saying it would determine the presidency and that's where the governor's race is in dead heats right now. >> tell us why they're so important. so important in individual states to be sure. it could have an enormous effect on the congress. >> they could. next year, we begin to redistrict. that's when states redraw the boundaries of the districts. those determine which party controls congress. the governors have a big say in what that professional map looks like. governors can veto the plan. so they actually have ability to tilt the balance of power in congress. by some estimates through redistricting, one party this year or next year, i should say, could lose up to 20 or 30 seats in the house. >> that's why these races are so
important. we'll be watching them for us. thanks so much. jessica -- a much closer race in florida by the way to replace charlie crist as the governor of the state. the likely poll of brand n-- ou brand new poll of likely voters show alex sink and scott, they debate within the margin of error. bill clinton campaigns for alex sink tomorrow in miami. watching that governor's race as well. she may only be a 20-year-old college student, but she's now the police chief in one of mexico's most violent towns. get ready, you're about to meet her. and it's the sexual harassment allegation that nearly sank a supreme court nomination. now, almost 20 years later, the wife of justice clarence thomas is asking anita hill to apologize for it. >> you said it was unfortunate and inappropriate. [ female announcer ] sears days are on now!
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the typo -- we had them both with rs. not a good idea. the democrat, kasich, the republican. neck and neck. well within the margin of error. kate is monitoring some of the top stories in the situation room including the latest on that missing american man in mexico. what's going on. a sad story. david hartley's wife, tiffany is moving from texas back to her native colorado, we've learned. hartley said her husband was shot to death by mexican gunmen on falcon lake last month and no body has been found yet. mexican officials recently suspended the search after the lead investigators in the case was beheaded. tiffany hartley's mother said it doesn't mean they're giving up the search. she's 20 years old and in college but she's the new police chief of one of mexico's most violent towns. she studied criminal law and she was the only person who applied for the job. police chief will be working on
crime prevention programs and improving public relations. good luck on that. the righting of an ancient wrong. posthumously admitted an african-american lawyer to the state bar more than 150 years because of he was denied for race. he was petitioned by his great grandson and if great great grandson and his great great grand daughter happens to be our emily atkinson who happens to be a producer/writer here in "the situation room". >> would feel producer, great writer. we're thrilled for the at i canson family. 150 years late, but good work. is president obama afraid to be seen wearing a head cover when he visited india? next month some information coming out the of the white house. we'll discuss it in the strategy session. stand by.
castellanos. he's handled media for republican candidates as well as the american action network this election season. guys, thanks very much for coming in. it's 13 days to go until election day. james, let me start with you. it seems to be a little bit of tightening in pennsylvania. sestak seems to be moving up a little bit. russ feingold in wisconsin seems to be moving up a little bit. real realicly, 13 days to go, they're behind. can the republican opponent win? >> generally after the end of the elections, one party turns out a little better than we thought. it happened for us in '98. for the republicans in '04. it happened again in '04. if they get a blow at the end. it will take some of them across the finish line. it will be what's referred to as
a wave election. a lot of people get knocked down. i don't think we'll know that until the very end. the one point i make is that you hear people say the senate a little better for the democrats tore house for the republicans. i don't know if it's happened that the house has changed and the senate has not changed with it. you know, they generally go in tandem. we'll have to see. maybe lit be the exception. maybe it will make for an interesting night. >> you see plenty of elections, alex, been consistently behind and all of the sudden in the final two weeks comes from behind to win. and recently in massachusetts, scott brown behind martha coakley was behind and even the day before behind in the polls and surprised people by winning. so plenty of historic precedent for a candidate behind to win on election day. >> well, a lot of the races, wolf, you are right, that are a little separated now by a half a dozen points might tighten up at the end. for example wisconsin and pennsylvania are hugely
democratic states and barack obama carried wisconsin by 56%, and he carried pennsylvania 54%. so there are a lot more democrats there than republicans and at the end of the day, the voters and especially the undecided voters will vote on who i am and not what the candidates are, and what jersey i wear. so it is not surprising the tightening. and over to the john mccain was elected as a maverick and it is like one of the aging rock stars, and you look funny on the stage, and in the last two years, he has been voting in lock step with obama for the deficit and the opposite of how he got elected. so, he has a real problem. >> we will see how the states do. and let me shift gears and talk about the story that appeared in "the new york times." the president after the election is going to india and indonesia and other countries on the international trip, but in india, there was talk that he would visit the golden temple and the story in "the new york times" says he won't, because
the tradition is if you visit the temple, you have to wear a head covering and presumably the story is that he does not want to be photographed to do that because of the commotion of whether he is a muslim or christian and i know you saw the story, james. let me ask you, and the white house, by the way is not answering the question of what to do there and say the schedule is still being worked out here, but would it be that bad if he went to the golden temple and wore some head covering which is the tradition in india? >> well, right, now i suspect that the people in the india will read "the new york times" and it is a huge story, and what the second most populous nation in the world, and the second biggest democracy in the world and complicated corelations wit pakistan to say the least with the nuclear bomb, and the president has to do what is best for the relations with the u.s. and india, and now that -- and i don't know this for a fact, but i surmise and i think that i am probably right, that this is now
a huge story over there. so he may end up going regardless of what he has to put on top of his head. >> what advice would you give him alex? >> i would say wear a new york yankees cap, and you will fix the problem that way. the president has a couple of issues here. one is that there are a lot of people who believe that the president is more concerned that he is more of a citizen of the world than president of the united states, and what is he doing the day after the election going to india, and indonesia anyway. the voters are sending him a message, this election is about him, and he has spent too much, and gone too far left, and congress in washington, and the day after the election, he's going to act like he is a waiter at one of the restaurants that you can't get his attention. he is leaving. that is a huge political mistake for him. >> i have to really disagree with alex. to not respect people in a nation like that, to wear a baseball hat in a temple would not be funny.
>> it was a joke, james. >> by the way, forget about the baseball hats. they do not consider baseball caps appropriate when they visit the golden temple. >> it was a joke. >> i am coming back and it is very good for u.s. and indian relaegsshr relations to show respect. >> yes, but james, the problem is not that he is paying respect, but he is going to wrong time. the day after he is sent a message from the american voters he takes off. this is a president who has not paid attention to the economy for two years. >> this visit has been scheduled for months and months and months in advance, guys. >> i don't think we need lectures on the economy from the republicans. we will let it go. >> thank you very much. >> he is trying to be the first vietnamese candidate running for congress.
different racial and ethnic groups are hoping to make inroads on election day, but minority candidates oftentimes face special challenges. here is cnn's special correspondent soledad o'brien. >> reporter: when joseph cao became the fst vietnamese congressman in 2008, it was not the first thing that made him different. i read an article that democrats
work for you. >> most of my staff are democrats. >> reporter: his win against an incumbent facing criminal charges allowed him to join a record number of asian americans in congress. >> we are becoming more of a voice in the public sector, and it is something that we have to do, because asian americans are underrepresented in the congress, in the federal government. >> hello. how are you? >> reporter: and this woman hoped to raise that number when she ran for congress in new york's upper east side. >> when our parents came, they cared about the foreign policy happening at home, but now, there is like a passion for politics. >> thank you. you take care. >> reporter: that has the political parties chasing the almost 9 million asian voters. what are the issues that faces the asian american? >> well, the asian american faces a wide swath from the indian subcontinent out into the
pacific, so that the issues are very, very different. >> reporter: it makes the asian american vote elusive even to asian american candidates. >> i think that asian americans need to seek office, and like latinos and other groups they have to do it with constituencies that are mixed, because few majority asian american constituencies in the country. >> reporter: in fact, asian americans make up five percent of the population and the majority in hawaii's first congressional district. to win, candidates need to reflect local politics like represent cao, and louisiana's governor bobby jindal or nikki haley who was bornl into the sec religion, but recently converted into christianity. is that difficulty, she is christian and takes her husband's last name. >> well, christianity is crucial, because a large proportion of the republican
party strongly identifies with christian conservative. she has this message for up and coming politicians? >> you don't have to change your culture or religion and please don't change your name. >> reporter: for cao, it is changing perceptions, because he has had to convince the overwhelming african-american district that he can serve them better than his opponent an african-american democrat. >> my role is not to represent the republican party, but my role is to make the right decisions is for the people down here based on the issues. >> reporter: the republican party chairman says he is okay with that. is it helpful for the party if they are not actually supporting republican issues? >> our job is to set the course and move as many of the elegants if -- elephants down that ramp and, yeah, some will go a different direction. >> let's bring in soledad, and what are nikki haley and joseph
cao's chances? >> well, it is funny, because cao plays both sides of the aisle. he would talk about his personal friendship with president obama, and his friend has done his first taped commercial endorsement and it was for congressman cao's opponent. so much for friendship and politics. >> yes. thank you, soledad. you are in "the situation room." happening now, the former vice president dick cheney is called a traitor, a traitor for the bush's administration's outing of a covert agent valerie plame. we will speak to her. and now it is the subject of a brand new movie. and a new york oil spill has been lying underneath a new york neighborhood for 100 years, and the residents say they are paying a terrible price. and do you worry about your money and valuables when you pass through a tsa checkpoint?
a airport screener is arrested for stealing passenger's belonging. i'm wolf bliltser and you are in "the situation room." her graphic complaints of sexual harassment almost derailed a supreme court decision 20 years ago and now she has received e-mail request that she believes is strange. brian todd has this. >> well, just as justice thomas' wife made an appeal to mrs. hill and the rest of us asking, why this? why now? >> reporter: it can only be described as bizarre and somewhat random. nearly two decades after accusations of sexual harassment almost sank his supreme court nomination, justice clarence thomas' wife calls his accuser. in a voice mail to anita hill, his wife says that she would
like her to consider an apology with some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. hill would not speak with us or the affiliate and she gave the note to authorities at brandeis university where she was teaching, and she said, i think that the call is inappropriate and i have no intention of apologizing and i stand by that testimony. mrs. thomas stood by the act for an apology. >> it is high-tech lynching for upety blacks. >> reporter: and mrs. hill said she could not do an interview was, and we want to ask more about thehe anita hill phone ca, and also a corporation that she has and they list this as a
suite number, but this is a u.p.s. store. nothing wrong with that and nothing wrong with ginni thomas being politically active. she can raise money and does not have to disclose the donors. they say it is bipartisan, but the first ad is against the obama tax plan, and she has addressed tea party rallies. >> hello, patriots. >> this breaks ground for the wife of a supreme court justice. i asked justice stevenwermiel if this is a problem? >> well, it could cloud some decisions that will be made. >> reporter: virginia thomas has spoken out against the obama plan. >> we need to repeal obama care.
>> reporter: cnn checked with the supreme court earlier this year after mrs. thomas founded liberty central, and they said that the court had notified them of the involvement, and said that the discussions would not be made public, but it was said this spring that mrs. thomas was told her work was not conflict of interests, and wolf, most people believe that judge thomas will be careful to recuse himself from cases where her group advocates for certain issues, but we don't have to know, because he does not have to disclose that. >> thank you, brian todd. let's continue the analysis of what is going on. gloria borger is coming into political room, our senior political analyst, and jeffrey toobin is the author of the book "benign, inside the secret world of the supreme court." and you know justice thomas, and do you suppose this is happy that it has been once again brought up, this 19-year-old
story? >> well, i have been puzzling about that all day, wolf. i think that -- he is torn on this issue, because in part, every comedian in country is going to be talking about hair on coke cans tonight, and that is not something that he is going to be enjoying. however, he and virginia are fighters. clarence thomas is mad about his confirmation hearings every single day. for the past 19 years. he is enraged about this. he has always wanted to fight back, and the fact that he is, his wife is seek an apology, his probable reaction is more power to her. >> well, do you think that actually i jeff, if she had said to him, you know, what i think i'm going to call anita hill today and i'm going to tell her to apologize to you, that he would have thought that was a good idea? >> you know, those of us who think in this soort of politica rational world would say no, but you know what, clarence thomas
is a supreme court justice and he is not running for anything. he does not need public support. he is angry. he is angry at anita hill. angry at the liberals. he wants this issue settled in his favor. and if he -- and if his wife wants to confront anita hill. my sense is that he will give a speech in a year, and he'll say, more power to my wife. >> and she is an outspoken conservative activist and nothing obviously wrong with that, but it is sort of unusual, isn't it, for a justice of the wife of, a spouse of the supreme court justice to be out there as visibly as she is? >> well, i remember in the john roberts' confirmation hearings that there was a question ant his wife who was on the board of a pro-life group, and spouses are allowed to have separate lives in this day and age in which we live. and, however, i think that virginia thomas and clarence thomas and any professional couple is aware of the perception of a conflict of
interests. i think that what this does for justice thomas and jeffrey could speak to this better than i can is that he's got to be really careful about whether he recuses himself on some political issue that in fact his wife has been out there campaigning on. for example, as was mentioned in brian todd's piece, the question of repealing health care. i mean, she says it ought to be repealed. >> does he need to think about recusing himself from the cases, jeffrey? >> the chance of clarence thomas recusing himself from the health care reform case is zero. he is committed on these issues. they are a team. and by the way, in fairness to virginia thomas, she was a political activist before she met clarence thomas. so, you know, the idea that she sort of piggybacking on his career is not fair. but she and her husband are a team, and they are aligned and they are going to keep fighting in their own way on identical issues through their different vehicles. >> and the interesting thing is that as you point out that they
do think the same way. if they were a couple in which he was conservative and she was more liberal and she was a liberal activist, then you might have more of a question, but, it is clear if she affects him in any way, he probably already agrees with her, right? >> and quickly, brandeis university gave the voice mail tape to the fbi, and it is possible that she did something wrong here? >> i don't think so. i think -- you know, anita hill has been the subject of a lot of harassment over the years. it is understandable that she turned the tape over to the university police. but i don't think that this is a legal or criminal issue, but it is still awfully interesting. >> it is. thank you very much. a federal task force investigating five big mortgage companies have uncovered bad. >> mike:s, but the housing seg tear says that the probe has not found any systemic problems with processing at least so far. the uproar is over what is called robo signing where the banks rubber stamped
foreclosures without looking at the homeowner's records. sounding the alarm first is one attorney in a small town in the state of maine who noticed something fishy in the client's paperwork. mary snow traveled to maine and she is joining us with details. tell us what happened, mary. >> well, wolf, the attorney you are about to meet says that he suspected for a while that the foreclosures were going through without being properly reviewed. and it was not until he took on a case in rural maine that he could connect the dots. >> reporter: it is unassuming house in rural maine, but beyond the small frame is a foreclosure fight that has set off a chain of reactions of banks halting foreclosures in two dozen states. it started with this man, attorney tom cox. >> i didn't know this case would do it. i thought it would take more effort. >> reporter: among the stacks of cases he volunteers to work on, he noticed a red flag on the first line of the affidavit. >> all he is telling us here is
that he is a signing officer and not official. >> reporter: cox tracked down the signer for gmac named jeffrey stephfit who worked outside of philadelphia and then cox went there to have a deposition. >> i asked him, do you have personal knowledge of what is contained in the affidavits, and he said he didn't. as a lawyer, that is staggering. >> reporter: he also admitted to signing 6,000 to 8,000 documents a month. the case moved to maine district court, and gmac tried to prevent cox from sharing the deposition, and a judge said no to the request and found the signer acted in bad faith. gmac, and now allied financial became the first of several banks to freeze some foreclosures. and allied financial spokeswoman says that the case with a defective affidavit is being reviewed an fixed before moving forward. the family admits they have not been able to pay the mortgage
for two years and falln on hard times, and they have been able to stay here, because the case is now a lengthy legal battle. and cox fights on. while allied financial says it has not found any errors in the review of documents, cox says he is troubled by what he calls an abuse of the legal system. there is another thing driving him, his past. he once worked for a maine bank where he had to call in loans and execute foreclosures. >> it was not pleasant work to do. so, this has been a chance for the last couple of years to do what i think is really good work, and maybe to make up for some of the difficulties i caused for a few other people back in the '80s and '90s. >> reporter: in 2010 he never expected to have a fight over such a modest home would have such big implications. now, bank of america, the nation's largest bank announced earlier this week it is resuming foreclosures in 23 states after it did the review, and allied financial says it is taking foreclosures on a case-by-case
basis, but if you ask thomas cox, wolf, he says he does not believe that the problems are over any time soon. >> probably won't be. thank you, mary, very much. nearly half a million public jobs are on the chopping block as britain's government announces massive budget cuts to deal with a major deficit. it vows to be ruthless and to leave no stone unturned in the search for waste. joins us from downy street is our own richard quest. what is the reaction, richard, to the huge cuts in government spending in britain? >> well, the government had den a very good job, if you like, of forecasting, making a bad situation seem absolutely catastrophic and disastrous, and they had suggested that the cuts may be as bad as 40% across many departments. so when they came out today and said 19%, there was not exactly relief, and there have certainly been some protests in london
tonight, but the country knew they were coming. what has happened in london as you can see tonight from the evening newspaper, this is the "london evening standard" benefits axed. again and again, the message has gone out from the government that we could no longer afford the level of expenditure that was being put out by the uk administration, and so tonight, a new des of, if you like, a cold shower, a new realism in britain that the good days are not only over, but they a austerity has arrived. >> do you believe, richard, they will go ahead and slash half a million jobs in the uk? >> yes. i do. 490,000 jobs over four years, and they say that the jobs will be picked up by the private sector. it is -- but it is not just -- not all of it. it is the way in which if you
start to really dig into details, you see the number of government programs that are being cut, housing in some case cut by 50 to 60%, and you see for instance the home office, the treasury, the chancellor's office behind me, number 11 downy street, a 30% cut in administrative cuts to the treasury. so it is wide and suede and deep. and ultimately though, what the government says, it is necessary. their position, because there are two sides to this argument, wolf, the opposition is quite clear, they say, this is reckless, and it is dangerous and it will lead britain back to double-dip recession. >> why can they get away with it in the uk, these dramatic cuts in government spending, but here in the u.s., it is almost impossible. they always talk and cutting spending, but it rarely happens. what is the difference?
>> the difference is, wolf, it has not happened yet in the united states. if you ask, and also the economy is much larger, and the debt is a reserved currency and the debt is long-dated and all sorts of technical reasons, but, wolf, look at what is happening with the cities. look at what is happening with the states. look at the cutbacks that are happening further down the pyramid, and ultimately, at the top, the federal level, the spending kumts have to come into force. everybody knows it. it is the elemephant in the livg room, and it is when somebody finally says that the time is now. >> richard quest reporting for us from london. richard, thank you very much. it is bad enough that you have to take your shoes off, your belt off, and empty your pockets, but get this, an airport screener, a supervisor is actually charged with stealing cash from passengers. how he allegedly did it coming up. his wife was outed as a cia
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going through security line at an airport, you put your wallet out there. you put your purse out there. you have a lot of cash and maybe some valuables inside and some jewelry and do you ever worry about what could happen to those valuables? well, get this, there is a shocking development at tsa supervisor now being charged with stealing. let's bring in our homeland security correspondent jeanne meserve who is tracking this story. i am worried about it all of the time, but what is happening? >> well, michael errata was not in the transportation administration uniform today, because he was in handcuffs and shackles in a courtroom accused
of bribe and theft. he was a supervisor at air india gates. according to documents he and one of the employees often targeted non-english speaking women returning to india. he allegedly took cash from the carry-on bags as they went through screening, sometimes as much as $700 in a shift. in other instances the employee committed the theft and split the money with him to keep him quiet n. little more than three weeks this fall, the government claims he pocketed more than $3,000 in bribes. how did it work? well, sometimes someone would be tagged for secondary screening, and one of these people would talk to the traveler and distract them while the other one went through the bag and took the cash. according to the affidavit on one occasion, he stuffed some of the money that had been stolen into his pocket, and he then turned around and displayed his middle finger to a security camera, wolf. >> wow. has the other tsa screener been
a arre arrested? >> no, he is cooperating with aauthorities. he was supposed to turn himself in today, but he said he was at risk of harming himself. the tsa says they have a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace. they say they get complaints of theft, and damage and loss of 35 a day from travelers and between may of 2003 and october 2009, 300 transportation security officers have been terminated for theft. roughly half of them for theft at checkpoints, but wolf to, put it in perspective, there are currently about 50,000 tsos working and 2 million people a day going through the u.s. airports. >> after this report, everyone is going to be a little more cautious going through the tsa screening process and watch their stuff as it is going through to make sure that nothing is stolen. >> and they should.
>> good advice. thank you very much. the former u.s. ambassador joe wilson is calling dick cheney a traitor. he said that the former vice president played a major part of outing his wife, valerie plame, as a cia spy. they talk about that huge political skanldle and more coming up. [ male announcer ] if you've had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous clots. ask your doctor if plavix is right for you. protection that helps save lives. [ female announcer ] certain genetic factors and some medicines, such as prilosec,
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dick cheney accused of treason, as a new movie "fair game" debuts and the coming days of the real life spy scandal that occurred in washington. you are about to hear some harsh charges. speaking out is valerie plame, the former cia officer who was outed in the bush administration, and her husband, joe wilson, an exambassador who disputed claims about iraq's so-called weapons of mass destruction.
>> reporter: are you still bitter after all of these years? >> no, absolutely not. i think that we are in a great country and the justice system did the best that it could. i would have liked to have seen justice served further, but i think that bitterness is a wasted emogs. we are delighted with the movie, and it is an important story to tell of the important time and place in history, and we have made new lives personally and professionally out in new mexico. >> what do you mean justice served clearer? >> well, there were other people involved in my identity as a covert identity and patrick fitzgerald and a clear conspiracy to defame joe wilson, and there were a lot of things that were not able to come out. >> and joe -- >> well, there was the prosecutor who was unable to get to the bottom of the problem,
because scooter libby was unable to do so. >> the first person was richard armitage, who was the deputy secretary of state. >> yes, it was one of the three, and the other two were karl rove and scooter libby. >> you firmly believe that? >> well, it not that i believe it, but it is said by bob novak, and judy miller talked about being with scooter libby at the regis hotel and her notes have victoria flame which is her interpretation of valerie plame. it all came out in the documents. >> at the time, you and people were concerned about the source and the methods and the sources and the contacts when you were an active agent for the cia could have been compromised and all of these years later, any evidence that your sources and methods were compromised? >> that is why it is insidious what happened, because it is not me and my career, and that is one thing, but the entire
network of assets with whom i have worked with over the years was compromised, was put into jeopardy and in some cases their lives are really jeopardized. >> do you know for a fact that has happened? >> a damage report was done by the c, ia, but i never saw it. i foe what happened in certain asset, but not to others. >> we have international friends who found that their relationship with us caused them problems with the government. >> even though it was completely social friends. >> yes. >> her friends or yours? >> both. >> because all of the sudden, they discovered that your wife was really a krishgs a officer. >> that is right. that is act rais accurate. >> let's talk about some of the people involve and give me your quick reaction what you think about them. dick cheney? >> i think that he has an extremely dark view of the world. and his idea of the 1% doctrine which was, you know, if there is a 1% chance of a terrorist attack or something affecting the national security, we are going to do everything to
prevent it. that sounds good, except what it really means is that it undermines the very values that we as a country hold dear. >> traitor. >> scooter libby. >> i think he's someone who was doing everything he could to protect his boss, vice president cheney, and he was left out to dry. >> traitor. >> you say that scooter libby is a traitor and dick cheney is a traitor and you know as a diplomat what that means? >> yes, they betrayed the national security of our country. >> go ahead to explain that. >> by betraying the identity of a covert officer whose identity is kept secret because of the national interest, that identity be kept secret in order for her to acquire foreign secrets on behalf of our country. >> and scooter libby, maybe, but any evident of dick cheney? >> there is a cloud over the vice president, and this is a pat fitzgerald quote.
>> but it does not mean that he, himself, told anyone public that valerie plame is a cia -- >> well, it has documented by the instructions of their july 14th flight from roanoke when he was in the front seat with scooter libby and judy miller who made a phone call to andrews air force base that was a 23-minute phone call. >> george w. bush? >> i think that just as he thinks that history will judge him, i believe that as well. i think that we might have different interpretations of what that will look like. >> i agree with that. i will let history judge him. >> you don't believe he is a traitor? >> i don't know. i don't know what we knew. we were unable to get. that we were unable to get it in criminal court and civil court, because the supreme court denied us the right to go ahead and pursue civil charges or a civil case against them. >> the new movie is entitled
"fair game," and sean penn play s joe wilson, and naomi watts plays valerie plame. >> this is my real name. >> this is to punish a covert agent for me telling the truth. >> your wife is a traitor. >> how dare you talk about my wife. you don't know her. >> we know where you live. >> people have threatened to kill my husband and hurt my children. >> they will bury us if we don't strike back. >> how close is this film to reality? >> it is not dookumentary, but it is accurate portrayal of what we went through in the political and personal maelstrom that we live through. the director doug limon really wanted to make it as follow events, and of course, it has to be telescope, because it happened over a series of years as you know, and you want to tell a story, and i think it is very powerful. >> what do you think? >> i think it is an accurate representation of the time we
live through. >> because it is a drama. >> sure. >> and did they make up stuff in there? >> of course, they did. sure. sure. >> there are things i can't talk ant, sources and methods and precise details and obviously, the screenwriters had to -- >> well, they obviously dramatized it which is what they do when they make feature films. >> close enough to reality that you are comfortable with it. >> very comfortable. >> how do you feel about naomi watts playing you? f she is a and who thinks that a movie will be made about you, but she and sean both deliver great performances. they have worked together before and the chemistry which exists in real life is there on screen as well. >> how comfortable are you with sean penn playing you? >> well, it is hard for me to judge, because i see myself from the inside, but both my wife and my son thinks that he does an accurate portrayal. my own view is that i have better hair and i eviscerated my
dinner guests better than he does in the movie. >> well, he cannot capture that evis ration is a what you are saying? >> well, he is a very fine actor. >> same intensity. >> the movie, once again, is called "fair game" and naomi watts and sean penn play our two guests, joe wilson and valerie plame. thanks for coming in. >> thank you, wolf. >> we have asked for a reaction from the former vice president, and we hope to get it and we will share it with you as well. by the way, i also asked them about anna chapman, the attractive russian spy in new york, and she is now on the cover of a russian men's magazine, and you will hear some of that interview, in jeanne moos's report later on in the hour. stick around for, that because you might enjoy it. there is a massive oil spill under new york city, and the cleanup is under way, but it won't be over any time soon. how can they afford a new washer dryer right now? they just remodeled a month ago...
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fraud in the afghan election and kate bolduan is back, and monitoring that and other stories in "the situation room." >> get this number, 20%, wolf. more than 20% of the votes from last month's election in afghanistan have been thrown out. afghanistan's election commission says that 1.3 million votes were tossed after allegations of ballot box stuffing and bribery. these parliamentary elections have been seen as a test for the country's struggling democracy. president har mid karzai
promised to cut corruption when he was re-elected last year. and pope benedict is announcing 24 new cardinals and the incoming cardinals are from all over the world and two from the u.s. this is the third time that pope benedict has created new cardinals. they are the highest level of catholic clergy under the pope, and select his replacement after he dies. wolf, my dear, i hope you are listening to this. >> i am. >> today is information overload awareness day. put down that blackberry and iphone and experts are urging people to understand how everything from e-mail to text messaging and social networking and web surfing can slow us down. they suggest that people check their e-mail times a day, and good look to that five times a day and not respond to every message, but every other message, and turn off the blackberry when you get home. i speak from experience, because i cannot get you to turn off the blackberry when we go to dinner. >> that not happening at all.
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and now a massive oil spill that many people have never even heard of. i didn't. even though it has been lurking underneath a new york city neighborhood for more than 100 years. some people living on top of it is saying that the cleanup is taking far too long and they have paid a serious price. senior correspondent allan chernoff is in new york and working the story for us. what going on? >> well, wolf, it is a giant underground oil plume extending into a residential neighborhood in green point, brooklyn. at some points, it is three feet underground, and at others, it is as much as 50 feet below. it is not easy to extract, but the cleanup is going on for three decades and the residents complain that their health is at risk. >> reporter: on this block of diamond street in brooklyn's green point neighborhood, cancer
is a stalker. residents suspect, it is the result of the oil that sits beneath their homes. >> well, this is another girl who had stomach cancer. this one here had colon, and stomach. >> reporter: lifelong resident theresa breznick counts the rosary cards of the people down the street stricken by cancer. 40 victims in all. >> some of the emissions out of ground which is known to be benzene fumes which is said to cause cancer. >> reporter: this is to eencompass more than 50 blocks. the epa says that the biggest hazard here is chemical vapors that could rise into homes. bp, and exxon and chevron own much of the property in this area, but these companies didn't cause the oil spill here. the spill actually dates back to the 1860s when refineries dotted the entire neighborhood and operated for a good century.
today, the only active oil facility is this bp terminal. but the oil companies, as current owners, prodded by the state and federal governments are responsible for the cleanup. so far, it has taken three decades. >> we still have a long way to go. it is a long time before they get most of the oil out of the ground water. >> exxonmobil uses technology referred to as pump and treat. >> reporter: exxon is extracting the oil from the top of the water table while pumping out ground water which is treated and drained into the nearby new town creek. just like the leak, there is still an effort to trap the oil that escaped from the leak. there are 14 million gallons of oil trapped underneath the neighborhood. the oil companies who are extracting it at the rate of 1 million a year using little pumps, one of which is located in that little shed. but at that rate, it will take
over a decade to clean up this entire neighborhood. residents say that the oil companies need to respond faster. >> i am not seeing the results in any lifetime, and i'm 62, but i don't think i will make 82. >> reporter: the oil company has declined to appear on camera. bp told cnn, we continue to work with the department of conservation to optimize recovery and exxonmobil said we are continuously working to enhance the remediation activi y activities and to accelerate the underground petroleum products extraction, and they said they would be there as long as it takes to clean it up. >> and is there any action to speed it up? >> indeed, legal action that the attorney general of new york has sued along with environmentalists and movement along the lines and in fact, bp has zen well-- seven wells ar s increasing it by four by the end of the year.
so they will be pushing it out faster, wolf. chief justice john roberts says it is a good thing for people to see what goes on inside of the court, but will the court give the go ahead? and russia's most famous spy reveals, shall we say quite a lot. jeanne moos finds it most unusual. stay with us here in "the situation room." boss: and now i'll turn it over to the gecko. gecko: ah, t, as we all know, geico has been saving people money on rv, camper and trailer insurance... ...as well as motorcycle insurance... gecko: oh...sorry, technical difficulties. boss: uh...what about this?
listen to his answer. >> we don't want to do something that would injure the institution, so broadcasting is something that does come up. and it is something that we consider from time to time. and i think that, you know, i don't know which direction the court will go. there are arguments on both sides. i certainly appreciate the argument that it would give people a chance to see what we do. i think that would be a good thing for people to see what we do, but there is also a concern that it might affect what we do. in any number of ways, you know, whether it is lawyers who are going to be more interested in show boating, or whether it is justices who might affect the way they approach the case, and i'm not really concerned about the justices show boating, but if you have been to the court, there is a sharp dynamic and i don't want to think twice before asking a question thinking,
well, how is that going to sound, you know. i just want to get the question out, and if it does not sound right, to keep moving on. so, it is an issue that obviously we have not come to rest on it. it is certainly something that is brought up frequently, and i just think that you need to keep in mind that the court moves very slowly on things like that. >> an exposed russian spy getting getting some more exposure. standby. everything you need to stretch out on long trips. residence inn. ♪ everything you need to stay balanced on long trips. residence inn.
we are monitoring some of the other top stories, including the latest on don't ask, don't tell. what's going on, kate? >> the obama administration filed an emergency request to stop the military from allowing openly gay troops to serve. ultimately, it's in favor of repealing don't ask, don't tell, but the administration says change the policy abruptly could harm the military. the pentagon is already advising recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian recruits. a 21-year-old student accused of slashing the throat of a muslim cab driver is in new york and has been released on bail. the court requires the man wear
an electronic monitoring device, stay in new york state, attend alcohol treatment and have a curfew. the taxi driver who survived was slashed across the neck, face, shoulder and hand. attention parent, another 2 million strollers are being recalled. graco are recalling the strollers. they caused four infant deaths from strangulation and six injuries. just this year, they've recalled 1.5 million strollers, 1.2 million high chairs, more than 200,000 cribs. wolf. >> thanks, kate. a russian spy had her cover blown in the united states but she's getting a whole different kind of exposure right now. ♪ trouble been doggin' my soul ♪ since the day i was born ♪ worry ♪ oh, worry, worry worry, worry ♪
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they also absorb co2. we're hoping to supplement the fuels that we use in our vehicles, and to do this at a large enough scale to someday help meet the world's energy demands. a russian spy whose identity was uncovered several months ago is now getting more exposure in a most unusual place, a men's magazine. cnn's jeanne moos reports. >> reporter: it's not where you'd expect -- >> wish i had that body. >> reporter: -- to spy a russian spy. >> she's not undercover anymore. >> reporter: anna chapman went
from her busted spy mug shot to her cover shot in the russian version of "maxim." >> she's hot. >> i like my wife more. >> reporter: she wallace the spy the media couldn't resist, digging up old tape. >> i was so excited -- >> reporter: everyone was so excited by her looks she became an action figure. you can even play poker with her using this iphone app. after being arrested, she and nine other spies were swapped for russian prisoners. and now she's maximized her assets in "maxim." but the u.s. has its own beautiful spy. when we sprang the "maxim" cover on her -- >> take a look on this picture on the new issue, the russian issue -- >> now we know why she was hired. >> reporter: outed operative valerie plame noted her russian counterpart is 20 years younger. as for her own offers. >> i was asked to be on "dancing with the stars" but i politely declined. >> nobody asked you to be in
"maxim?" >> that e-mail got lost i think in all the e-mails i get every day. >> reporter: she has actress my yammy watts playing her in the new film "fair game," featuring sean penn as her husband. >> you have lovers all over the world? do you have a gun? have you killed people? >> reporter: the way female spies are portrayed in other films bothers plame. >> it's very much sexuality, physicality, how good she is with an ak-47 and, you know, this is your best weapon. >> reporter: in "maxim," anna is wielding a handgun. >> her grip is completely off. i go to the shooting range. i have a boyfriend who's an ex-marine. i've been trained. this chick is definitely not. >> there's a gun. >> yeah, jessica rabbit. >> she looks like jessica rabbit. >> reporter: oh, anna's getting some money. she's a cross between an austin powers girl and a bond girl. >> what are you doing here? looking for shells? >> no, i'm just looking. >> reporter: same